Travel Aware, Advice & Safety

We at TOURSWORLD understand the necessity of enjoying a healthy travel, so we provide constant awareness and keep you posted with up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy during your travels.

Visiting other countries can be a great experience. Whether you are traveling for work or pleasure, solo or in a group, staying for a few days or even several years, planning ahead can help ensure your time abroad is both enjoyable and safe.

Notice: Advice is always subject to change so make sure to check regularly for any updates.

Before You Depart:

Travel Documents Advice:

  • Take out appropriate travel insurance before travelling and make sure it covers you for all the activities you wish to do.
  • Check your passport’s validity for the whole time you’re spending on your trip. Remember that some countries also require that your passport should be valid for at least another 6 months.
  • Learn about the laws, custom and entry requirements of the country you’re visiting and understand how they differ from your home.
  • Check your passport validity, fill out emergency details, look after it while travelling and keep it in a safe place. Make sure you have all necessary visas as well to avoid any conflicts or complications while visiting.
  • Make Copies of important travel documents, make a note of passport numbers, dates, their issuing origin along with a travel insurance policy number and store them securely in a secure data storage site for later retrieval.
  • Some countries requires a passport as a form of identity verification, check if a photocopy would suffice, if you do need to carry the original make sure you leave a photocopy in the hotel safe.

Travel Health Advice:

  • Research vaccinations or any medical requirements regarding the destination you shall be visiting and if necessary visit a travel health clinic before you travel.
  • Carry a spare prescription for your medication in a separate bag. Note:The generic names of prescription drugs as brand names may vary from country to country.
  • Carry a prescription for your glasses.
  • Inform your family or friends about your travel plans and where you are going and always don’t forget to leave emergency contact details.
  • Take enough money with you and have access to emergency funds to cover any emergencies.

Travel Monetary Advice:

  • It’s best not to rely on a single form of monetary payments, it’s advised to keep on a mixture of cash, credit/debit cards and some travellers cheques as a backup.
  • Check your credit/debit card expiry dates before you travel
  • It’s preferred to only have the cards you are mostly likely to use and be 100% positive you know which cards you have with you.
  • Inform you bank and credit card company that you will be going abroad on holiday, if they suddenly see the card being used in a foreign country, they could stop the payment as it does not follow your normal pattern and may think your card has been cloned or stolen.
  • Check your statement of payment to the credit card company is due and make an advance payment if it falls due during your holiday. You don’t want your card to be put on stop when you might need to use it.
  • If you intent on spending heavily on your card, especially if this is outside your normal spending pattern, let your card issuer know before your travel. Your spending might be picked up by the card issuer’s automated fraud and malicious action programs, which would also put your card on stop!
  • Make sure the card is accepted in the country you are visiting.
  • Don’t lose sight of your cards in shops or restaurants - dishonest merchants only need a few seconds and one swipe of your card to get all the information they need to make a copy of it.
  • In case of card loss/theft, report to your card issuer immediately - quick reporting limits your responsibility for unauthorised use.
  • Make a note of debit and credit card company emergency telephone numbers.
  • Most hotels and apartments have safes or safe deposit boxes, use them. It’s always worth it to stay extra secure.
  • Ensure you take the contact details of the local Consulate representing your home country in case of emergencies.
  • Understand what consular staff can and can’t do to help their native nationals travelling overseas.
  • Act responsibly, and be responsible for yourself when abroad.
  • Put valuables in your hand luggage while travelling.
  • Remember that sharp items are not allowed in hand luggage – pack them in your checked-in luggage. Do not pack any of the following in your hand luggage – toy / replica guns (metal or plastic), catapults, sporting bats, billiards or pool cues, tools, scissors, tweezers, razor blades, knives with blades of any length, household cutlery, knitting needles, darts, hypodermic needles (unless required for medical reasons).
  • Most airlines seem to have different limits of weight and size of hold and hand luggage they will accept without excess baggage charge, some are dependent on what type of ticket you buy, first class for example have higher limits than standard class. So, to be absolutely sure of the limits for your trip check directly with the airline you are travelling with.

Phone calls whilst Traveling:

  • It can be extremely expensive to use your mobile phone whilst abroad. Also you will usually pay to receive calls as well as to make them, and to receive and send text messages too.
  • If you plan to take your mobile phone abroad, make sure you can use it in your destination country.
  • If you plan to call home regularly, it may be cheaper to buy a phone card (prepaid or purchased locally) and use local phones rather than your mobile phone.

Phone calls whilst Traveling:

  • It can be extremely expensive to use your mobile phone whilst abroad. Also you will usually pay to receive calls as well as to make them, and to receive and send text messages too.
  • If you plan to take your mobile phone abroad, make sure you can use it in your destination country.
  • If you plan to call home regularly, it may be cheaper to buy a phone card (prepaid or purchased locally) and use local phones rather than your mobile phone.

After your safe return:

  • Check bank and credit card statements carefully. Raise any charges you don’t recognise with your card issuer(s) immediately.
  • If you were taking a course of anti-malaria tablets make sure you complete the course.
  • Remember to tell your doctor that you have been on holiday if you become ill on your return.
  • Make sure you put any complaint about your holiday in writing to the holiday company within 28 days.
  • Report any claim to insurers immediately.

Feel free to contact us whenever you require any assistance. stay safe!